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2017 -2018 Fall/Winter/Spring Schedule

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Frank Baum Munchkins: K-1st Graders
Meet Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:45

Fall Session: September 2nd–October 22nd  8 weeks   Fee: $85
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, October 20th from 5:45-7:00PM
Fall Performances: Saturday, October 21st at 11:00AM

and Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00PM

Winter Session: January 6th-February 25th  8 weeks  Fee: $85
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, February 23rd from 5:45-7:00PM
Winter performances: Saturday, February 24th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, Febru8ary 25th at 3:00PM

Spring Session: March 10th  – May 6th  8 weeks  Fee: $85
No class March 24th
Make up rehearsal: Wednesday, May 2nd  from 4:00-5:30
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 4th from 5:45-7:00
Spring Performances: Saturday, May 5th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, May 6th at 3:00PM


Kenneth Grahame Rats: 2nd and 3rd Graders
Meet Friday afternoons from 4:00PM-5:30PM

Fall Session: September 1st – October 29th   9 weeks   Fee: $95
Extra rehearsal: Thursday, October 26th from 5:30-7:00
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, October 27th from 4:00-6:30PM
Performances: Saturday, October 28th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, October 29th at 3:00PM

Winter Session: January 5th-March 4th  9 weeks   Fee: $95
Extra Rehearsal: Thursday, March 1st from 5:30-7:00
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 2nd from 4:00-6:30PM
Performances: Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00AM  

and Sunday, March 4th  at 3:00PM

Spring Session: March 9th–May 13th   9 weeks    Fee: $95
No class Friday, March 30th (Spring Break)
Make up Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 9th  from 4:00-5:30PM
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 11th from 4:00-6:30
Performances: Saturday, May 12th at 11:00AM

and Sunday, May 13th at 3:00PM


Lewis Carroll Knights:  4th-5th Grades
Meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00PM-5:30PM

Winter SessionJanuary 9th– March 11th  9 weeks  Fee: $145
Long rehearsals: March 6th and 8th from 4:00-6:00
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 9th from 5:45-8:00PM
Performances: Saturday, March 10th at 7:30PM
and Sunday, March 11th at 3:00PM

Spring Session: March 20th-May 20th   9 weeks Fee: $145
No Class Tuesday, April 3rd (Spring Break)
Long rehearsals: May 15th and 17th from 4:00-6:00
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 18th from 4:00-7:00
Performances: Saturday, May 19th at 7:30PM
And Sunday, May 20th at 3:00PM


Moliere Comedians:  6th-7th Grades
Meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30PM-6:00PM

Fall Session: September 7th – November 12th  10 weeks   Fee: $150
Long rehearsals: November 6th and 8th from 4:30PM-6:30PM
Dress rehearsal: Friday, November 10th from 4:30PM-7:30PM
Performances: Saturday, November 11th at 7:30PM

and Sunday, November 12th  at 3:00PM

Winter-Spring Extended Session: Monday, January 8th – April 29th     
No Class January 5th and April 2nd   15 weeks  Fee: $200
Long rehearsals: April 23rd and 25th from 4:30PM-6:30PM
Dress Rehearsal: Friday, April 27th from 5:45PM-9:00PM
Performances: Saturday, April 28th  at 7:30PM

and Sunday, April 29th at 3:00PM


Thornton Wilder Apprentices: 8th-10th Grades
Meet Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30PM and Saturdays from 1:00-3:00PM

Fall Session: September 5th – December 4th   12 weeks  Fee: $175
No Class September 16th (Centerfest) October 31st or November 25th
Long rehearsal: Tuesday, November 28th  from 6:00PM-9:00PM
Dress rehearsal: Friday, December 1st  from 5:30-9:00PM
Performances: Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30PM
and Sunday, December 3rd at 3:00PM

Winter-Spring Extended Session: January 6th – May 27th    
No class March 31st and April 3rd (Spring Break) 
20 weeks   Total Fee: $250   “Moments” only $125.00
“Moments” long rehearsal: March 20th from 6:00-9:00
“Moments” Dress Rehearsal: Friday, March 23rd from 6:00-9:00
“Moments” Performances: Saturday, March 24th at 7:30

and Sunday, March 25th at 3:00

Play (TBA) long rehearsal: May 22nd from 6:00-9:00
Dress rehearsal: Friday, May 25th from 5:30-9:00
Performances: Saturday, May 26th at 7:30

And Sunday, May 27st at 3:00


Master’s Company

The Masters Company is an auditioned company of 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have a serious commitment to theater arts and to YPPC. 10th graders also need to have had at least one year of acting classes at YPPC, preferably in the Apprentice class. During the school year, in the WTVD theatre, we usually present a one-act family audience play for Centerfest, 2-3 full length productions and a production of student directed one-act plays, usually in the Spring. There is no fee for membership in the Masters Company, but members are expected to participate in three or more productions during the school year or two productions and the Summer Music Theater Camp, for which they pay a reduced fee. Masters Company members are expected to be on time for rehearsals, meet line deadlines, help with technical duties for Masters plays and contribute 10 hours of work to YPPC, which usually involves helping during the production week of one of the younger groups shows.  We generally rehearse Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, although this may change depending upon the needs of the production. The regular Thursday rehearsal time is from 6:30-8:30PM to allow new drivers to get home safely. Dress rehearsals 6:00-9:00PM. We usually rehearse on Saturdays from 3:30-5:30 or 6:00PM although this may change depending upon the needs of the production.

Auditions for new members this year will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th between 2:00PM and 4:30PM by appointment. Those interested should prepare two memorized monologues showing emotional or stylistic diversity. Total time of both monologues should not exceed four minutes or be less than two. Email Jeffryn Stephens: jstephens353@nc.rr.com to make an appointment or to make alternate arrangements if neither of these days and times are available for you. Musicians are also welcome in Masters and can substitute a piece of music for one of their monologues.

Important Masters Company dates:

Thursday, August 24th 6:30-8:30: Meeting for continuing and newly auditioned members.

Centerfest Play: September 16th at 2:00 and 4:30 and 17th at 3:00

Fall Play: November 17th and 18th at 7:30 and November 19th at 3:00

Holiday Play: December 15th & 16th at 7:30; Dec. 17th at 3:00  
Winter Play: April 13th & 14th at 7:30; April 15th at 3:00   

Student Directed Plays: June 2nd at 7:30 and June 3rd at 3:00PM

Summer Music Theatre Camp: tentatively July 16th-August 3rd

Summer Musical (TBA): August 4th, 10th and 11th at 7:30; August 5th at 3:00

2018 Tentative Summer Camp Dates

Young Artist Music Theatre Camp:
June 11th-29th from 9:00-3:00
Performances: June 29th, 30th and July 1st

Young Artist Drama Camp:
July 2nd-14th from 9:00-3:00
Performances: July 13th and 14th

Summer Music Theatre Camp:
July 16th – August 3rd from 12:30-5:30
Performances: August 4th, 5th, 10th and 11th


Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships (minus registration fee) are available based on financial need and commitment.  You can download a scholarship form from our web site or email Jeffryn Stephens: jstephens353@nc.rr.com and ask for one. Requests for scholarships should be received at least one week before the class begins but special circumstances are always taken into consideration. Occasionally, merit scholarships are also granted by the director.
There is a 20% discount for the second child in a family, subtracted from the lesser class fee.

Young People’s Performing Company admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students.



A registration form is attached for your convenience or you can pick one up on the counter in front of the WTVD theater in the Durham Arts Council building. Registration forms may be attached to a return email; hand delivered to the DAC building, in an envelope addressed to YPPC and slipped under the office or lighting room door; or mailed to: Young People’s Performing Company, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Pre-registration by email is recommended, but your child is not officially registered until the form and $20.00 registration fee are received.  The registration fee is subtracted from the total class fee, which is due the first day of the class. Please make checks payable to YPPC.

Classes, rehearsals and performances are held in the WTVD theatre in the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street, downtown Durham


Please contact Jeffryn Stephens, Artistic Director
Young People’s Performing Company
Email: jstephens353@nc.rr.com
Or visit us online at:  http://yppc.us

Inclement Weather Policy: If the Durham Arts Council closes, we are not having class. If the building is open, but you feel it is not safe for you to come to class, please send a text message to Jeffryn's cell phone:


This program was made possible in part by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.